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You are invited to participate in the Great BC Business Sale (GBCBS), British Columbia’s largest showcase of vetted businesses for sale, taking place October 3rd, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Brought to you by Community Futures, it’s the only tradeshow in the province where BC lower mainland, inter-provincial, and international buyers meet with business sellers, government, community representatives and business service providers to learn about business and investment opportunities in rural and non-metropolitan BC. Adding additional value, the GBCBS will be followed by a Virtual Tradeshow in January 2021.


These are unprecedented events – the first of their kind!


What is the GBCBS?

The GBCBS is a tradeshow for buying and selling business opportunities in non-metropolitan British Columbia. It is part of a two year long initiative developed by Community Futures in collaboration with government and non-governmental partners. The tradeshow is a platform for business buyers and investors, business owners, brokers and realtors, communities and other stakeholders to meet together under one roof.

Saturday, October 3, 2020
Vancouver Convention Centre

The GBCBS has 5 distinct components starting well before the Vancouver tradeshow and lasting long after its completion.

  1. Pre-Tradeshow(s) support, education and resources for exhibitors and attendees.
  2. The GBCBS Tradeshow: October 3, 2020 at the Vancouver Convention Centre
  3. The Virtual GBCBS Tradeshow Online: January 2021
  4. Post-Tradeshow(s) support and resources for buyers and sellers.
  5. Metrics & Analytics: Sharing data regarding business attraction and retention in non-metropolitan BC communities.

Who Is Participating?

GBCBS participants are business buyers and investors, business sellers, and community representatives who have an interest in business retention and attraction in non-metropolitan BC.

I’m Interested in Buying a Business. What Can I expect from the GBCBS?

The GBCBS is a chance to find just the right opportunity to get started on a brand new chapter of your life. Over the course of one single day you can view hundreds of business listings for sale from across the province and be positioned to make an educated decision about your next steps.

Meet with hundreds of exhibitors including representatives from non-metropolitan BC communities, government, real estate, economic development offices, business lending institutions and other business service providers.

Together, we are here to help you discover business opportunities, incentives, and quality of life in non-metropolitan BC.

I Want to Sell my Business, either Now or in the Next Few Years. What Can I expect from the GBCBS?

The GBCBS is a brand new way to showcase your business and compete like never before. It’s a major opportunity to meet hundreds of serious buyers from local, regional and international markets all in one location.

If you need a little help along the way preparing to exhibit your business, we provide expertise and support, including Business Seller Workshops held across the province by Community Futures.

I am a Broker or Realtor with an Inventory of Businesses for Sale. What Can I Expect from the GBCBS?

The GBCBS is a simple, efficient and convenient way to showcase your business listings and meet with hundreds of serious buyers, all in one venue over the course of one day.

We have a strong network of partners and sponsors in commercial realty, business, and all three levels of government who are helping to spread the word. New and international buyers can attend pre-tradeshow Buyer Training Workshops to learn more about the buying process. Community stakeholders will be on site to promote their local business resources and relocation incentives alongside the business listings in their area. Additional exhibitor booths will be held by GBCBS partners/sponsors and representatives from government, economic development offices, business lending institutions, and other service providers. Together, we are working to help you achieve the greatest exposure to sell your businesses.

I am a Community Stakeholder Interested in Business Retention and Attraction. What Can I Expect from the GBCBS?

GBCBS buyers and investors will be looking to buy a business, start a business, or expand an existing business into a new location. They may have limited knowledge about communities outside of the lower mainland and will be looking to you for guidance.

At the GBCBS you can showcase the business opportunities, resources, incentives and lifestyle perks your community has to offer, whether you are a small rural community or a larger regional hub. Communicate directly to a hundreds of interested buyers and investors from lower mainland BC, provincial, inter-provincial and international markets that you would otherwise not be able to reach.

How Can I Sponsor the GBCBS?

There are 4 levels of sponsorship available. Visit the GBCBS website for details.

Where Can I get More Information?

Visit www.bcbusinesssale.ca

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcbusinesssale/


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.










Exporting allows you to expand the horizons of your small business beyond the local market. Export Navigator’s community-based advisors provide FREE support and ongoing guidance to help your business grow outside of B.C. Whether you need export advice or help with developing export strategies and researching new markets, we are standing by to connect you with expert guidance.


Our advisors offer:

  • An export readiness assessment
  • A business readiness assessment
  • Market entry strategy support
  • Market tools and information
  • Streamlined service connections to support services


Export Navigator is a partnership, with support provided by the Province of B.C., the Government of Canada, Small Business BC, Community Futures organizations, and Women’s Enterprise Centre.



Diversifies Your Customer Base

Expanding to new markets increases the size of your target market, may broaden your product offering, and offset seasonal fluctuations in sales.

Increases Profitability

Increased production generally leads to economies of scale and decreased cost per unit, which increases your profit margins.

Fosters Innovation

Expanding to new markets fosters innovation in your goods and services, which enhances your competitiveness.



 Has your company received sales inquiries from outside of British Columbia?

  1. Does your company have excess production capacity or the ability to scale operations?
  2. Is your company’s management willing to dedicate time and money to develop a new market for a sustained period of time?
  3. Is your company willing to conduct market research?
  4. Does your product or service have a competitive advantage (quality, price, innovation, etc.) over similar products in your target market?
  5. Is your company able to secure financing to adapt, ship, and market your product in your target market?



Export Navigator is open to growth-oriented small and medium-sized businesses in B.C. in select regional service areas. Businesses must be willing to commit resources to the planning process, and sustaining a market entry strategy.


Export Navigator provides services in the following regions:


North East BC:  Community Futures Peace Liard


Direct: 250.261.3148

Office: 1.800.661.2055

904-102 Ave., Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2B7


Cariboo:  Community Futures Fraser Fort George

Kootenay Boundary:  Community Futures Central Kootenay

 North Okanagan:  Community Futures North Okanagan

 Pacific Northwest:  Community Futures Pacific Northwest

Vancouver Island North:  Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot

 Vancouver Island South:  Community Futures Cowichan

Specialized services are available for:

Indigenous-Owned Businesses:  CFDC of Central Interior First Nations

Women-Owned Businesses:  Women’s Enterprise Centre

Youth-Owned Businesses:  Small Business BC

For businesses in the Lower Mainland and those outside of the program communities, the Province’s trade professionals and its network of international Trade and Investment Representatives are available to help your business.


Email us at info@exportnavigator.ca or visit www.exportnavigator.ca.


Sign up for our Export Navigator newsletters and be the first to know when our free seminars are available.



How will Export Navigator help my business access new markets?

You’ll receive in-person guidance from an advisor with advanced knowledge in market expansion strategies. Advisors connect businesses to the services they need, saving them time and money.


How quickly do I have to start entering new markets?

Entering new markets takes time. Export Navigator’s goal is to help businesses work efficiently and effectively towards achieving their identified opportunities. Export Navigator will help you create a growth plan that works for you.


How should I prepare to be part of the program?

You’ll need to commit time and resources to the research, planning and implementation of a market growth strategy. Strong program candidates are businesses that can scale up operations, are willing to adapt, and are able to self-fund or obtain financing for a sustained expansion strategy.


Is there a fee to participate in the Export Navigator program?

No. Essential services (market entry readiness assessment, business needs assessment, etc.) are free. Clients referred to third party service providers for additional support may be subject to a fee for services.


Will my business qualify to be part of Export Navigator?

If you own a growth-oriented small or medium-sized business in B.C., the first step is to apply. You’ll be asked to complete a self-assessment and meet with an advisor to determine if your business is right for Export Navigator.



We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, and the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada.






Community Futures Performance Reporting 2018-19



November 6 2019











Now Accepting Applications!

The physical environment in which we live and work has a great effect on us.  A community that is more appealing to the eye gives its citizens a greater sense of place and welcomes visitors, and for a city’s downtown and higher traffic areas, one of the strongest determinants of the character and quality is its building frontages.

Northern Development Initiative Trust in partnership with Community Futures Peace Liard, Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dawson Creek are pleased to provide this program to give monetary assistance as an incentive to building/business owners, to improve the character and physical appearance of their buildings.  The program guidelines are intended to set a quality standard for the types of improvements, and act as a guide to review applications by the Project Review Committee (PRC).

Click on the link to download the Program Guidelines and Application:

Dawson Creek Façade Improvement Program Guidelines

Dawson Creek Facade Improvement Program Application




Applications for Junior Dragon’s Den will be available in September 2018.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Contact: Sue Kenny, CFDC Peace Liard p 1 877 296 5888 c 250 219 4285 e skenny@communityfutures.biz

Junior Dragons Den visit- http://www.juniordragonsden.com FB – Junior Dragons Den on FB

*Junior Dragons’ Den is a partnership between CFDC offices in: Greater Trail, Central Kootenay, Boundary, Revelstoke, East Kootenay, Peace Liard, CFBC, and CFDC Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program. Community Futures fosters local entrepreneurs through all phases of business from the pre-start-up phase to the expansion of an existing business. We offer entrepreneurial programs and training, business counselling, loan programs and a business library of resource material to people interested in expanding or starting a business. We also promote, co-ordinate and implement a wide variety of community economic development initiatives within the region.

Performance Results to Date

Community Futures is a program that supports community economic development and builds the capacity of communities to realize their full sustainable potential.  The purpose of the CF Program is to help communities develop and implement local solutions to local problems.

Here are some results from our projects and loans that we reported to our funder, Western Economic Diversification Canada:

CF Performance Reporting 2016 – 2017

CF Performance Reporting 2017 – 2018


BizShift Loans

Self Employment Program

Partnerships & Opportunities

Business Planning Workbook